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Sergeant Henry Hodson Campbell

Service No.:
3058
Unit:
8th Battalion
Tree No.:
S038
Planted by:
H G Campbell (Father)
Image of plaque on tree S038 for Henry Hodson Campbell
See Notes (1) (2) (3)
Image of Service Medal - British War Medal Image of Service Medal - Victory Medal

Henry Campbell was born at Bacchus Marsh, VIC, in 1898, to Henry George Campbell and Esther Vennell. Henry had two brothers, Gordon and William, who are also remembered in the Avenue.

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KIA

Portrait of Henry Hodson Campbell
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Courtesy of the AWM

Henry lived at Bacchus Marsh, VIC and worked in the Postal Department as a telephone mechanic(5) when he enlisted on the 24th of July 1915 in the AIF at the age of 22. Previously he had served with the 3rd Battalion, A Company, Public School for two years and the Victorian Scottish Regiment for 18 months (probably cadet units). In November he embarked aboard the HMAT A73 Commonwealth with the 24th Battalion, 6th Reinforcements.

After disembarking in Egypt, Henry transferred to the 8th Battalion, C company in late February 1916 before being promoted to temporary Sergeant then Sergeant. Whilst in Egypt he spent some time exploring the pyramids(4). At the end of March he embarked at Alexandria, Egypt to join the BEF, disembarking at Marseilles, France five days later.

During the Battle of Pozieres, Henry was killed in action on the 28th of July 1916, nearly one year to the day after he enlisted. Henry is also remembered at the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France.

He is listed on the Roll of Honour for Bacchus Marsh, held by the RSL at Bacchus Marsh and also on the Roll of Honour of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Bacchus Marsh, held by the Bacchus Marsh Uniting Church.

Notes

  1. Service number is 3058 not 3088, probably a typing error.
  2. He embarked with the 6th Reinforcements of the 24th Battalion but transferred to the 8th Battalion, C Company.
  3. According to his service records he was killed on the 28/7/1916
  4. A soldier's letter - The Bacchus Marsh Express 11 Mar 1916
  5. The Bacchus Marsh Express 17 Jul 1915

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